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Offline Mandryka

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Re: Bach French Suites
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2020, 07:16:17 PM »
Bob van Asperen's French Suites still features one of the very best harpsichord sounds I've ever heard in my life. I don't know what it is about it, but it sounds fucking phenomenal! Too bad it's impossible to find on CD.

Christian Vater 1738 in Nuremberg National Museum - as far as I know this is the only recording of the instrument. There are many recordings of modern harpsichords “after” the Christian Vater 1738, but it’s not the same! The sound is strong and rich, but not specially refined or delicate. As far as the performances go, it’s very decorative - what I mean is, he lays on both ornamentation and rubato liberally. In a sense it could be seen as a preliminary study for his extraordinary hardcore decorated Art of Fugue.
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Re: Bach French Suites
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2020, 10:42:39 PM »


This is an interesting one, impetuous and passionate. Someone I know compared Blandine Verlet to Martha Argerich, and listening this morning that comparison came to mind.
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Re: Bach French Suites
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2020, 10:44:41 PM »
Bob van Asperen's French Suites still features one of the very best harpsichord sounds I've ever heard in my life. I don't know what it is about it, but it sounds fucking phenomenal! Too bad it's impossible to find on CD.

I know... I waited to long and am now empty handed.....  ::)

The good news is that Æolus actually reissues recordings that run out of print - bless them for this old fashioned attitude...

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Re: Bach French Suites
« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2020, 12:52:33 AM »
Bob van Asperen's French Suites still features one of the very best harpsichord sounds I've ever heard in my life. I don't know what it is about it, but it sounds fucking phenomenal! Too bad it's impossible to find on CD.
this and Bradley Brookshire are my favorites I’ve never heard an instrument sound quite like Van Asperen’s.

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Re: Bach French Suites
« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2020, 06:08:13 AM »
this and Bradley Brookshire are my favorites I’ve never heard an instrument sound quite like Van Asperen’s.

Bradley Brookshire uses a modern harpsichord based on the Nuremberg Vater, I agree it sounds different.
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